NCDOT Awards $1.5 Million Contract to Preserve Bridges in Graham and Cherokee Counties Thursday, May 10, 2012

RALEIGH —N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Taylor and Murphy Construction Co. of Asheville for preservation of the bridge over the Cheoah River on U.S. 129 north of Robbinsville in Graham County; as well as two bridges in Cherokee County.

The bridges in Cherokee County are located over the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on U.S. 129 in Topton and over the Hiwassee River on U.S. 19B in Murphy.

The preservation work will involve hydro-demolition, or the application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge deck. Then, a new concrete overlay will be applied to the deck.

This type of project is a way to extend the life of a bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge. All three of these bridges were built in the 1960’s. The project is part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.

Work can begin anytime between June 1 and May 1, 2013, and should be completed within 180 days from the start date.

This is one of among 24 contracts worth $117.6 million recently awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 17.5 percent, or $25 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 599 highway contracts totaling $4.2 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.

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